Hair oiling has been a part of daily hair care for many women dating back to ancient civilizations. Natural fruit and nut oils were used to help maintain hair health, shine, and overall appearance. In modern times, using oil on hair had become almost taboo. Now thanks to the way many damage their hair via thermal and chemical styling, hair oil is back as a daily part of hair care.
Here are eight popular, natural oils used in hair care that promote a healthy head of hair and healthy scalp.
Sweet almond oil is found in many hair care products already. This oil is known for its ability to restore softness and shine to hair. Alone, this oil is ideal for use to seal hair after is has been styled to impart extra shine and reduce moisture loss. It is also used as a scalp treatment, massaged into the scalp to stimulate blood circulation. Perhaps almond oil’s best property is that it is a carrier oil that is not too heavy. This means it is a good base to use to make a hair oil blend using essential oils.
The almond oil dilutes essential oils to lessen the volatile impact they can have on the skin. The light texture of this oil makes it easy to add to your daily hair conditioner and moisturizer(s) as it will blend easily with these products. It also is ideal for fine hair, as it will not weigh it down.
Argan oil — also called Moroccan Oil sold at Sanctum Salon & Spa — has probably been the most responsible for making applying oil to the hair popular again. Many people love the results this oil gives their hair. It seems to behave in the way that silicone does on hair, coats it, make it feel smoother, and look shinier. Like many natural oils, it is moisturizing to the hair and scalp. One good thing about this oil is that it is ideal for virtually all hair textures regardless if it is fine or thick.
You can purchase this Moroccan Oil in Sanctum Salon & Spa in Barrie.
Avocado oil is the unsung hero in hair care. Many do not realize its benefits in managing the effects of damaged hair. It is especially good for maintaining the health of hair that is frequently chemically processed using relaxers, perms, and hair dyes. Avocado oil contains a high level of nutrients via amino acids, fatty acids, and hair loving vitamins A, B, D, and E. It also serves as a humectant locking in moisture making it a good sealant.
The amino acids found in avocado oil aid in promoting cell growth to maintain scalp health. The fatty acids in avocado oil impart softness and shine to hair. The healthy hair vitamins in this oil nourish the hair follicle and scalp. Vitamin E especially is useful for its antioxidant abilities protecting hair from free radicals.
Avocado is a heavy oil and may be best suited as a hot oil treatment for fine hair. Thick and course hair is best served by this oil when used as a leave-in treatment on dried hair. If you heat style often, applying avocado oil to hair before you apply heat will help minimize the effects of thermal styling.
Castor oil is a popular hair oil used by women who do not chemically process their hair. It is a rich oil that does not moisturize but rather lies on the hair sealing in moisture. For this reason and due to its viscous consistency, it is best to use it on wet hair. Some of the benefits of castor oil that make it highly sought after by some include treatment for thinning hair/hair loss, dry/itching scalp, and its antimicrobial properties make it ideal for treating scalp conditions like ringworm. Some women and men rave about a type of castor oil called Jamaican Black Castor Oil. This type of castor is the least refined form of the oil. As with all oils, the less refined, the more of its natural properties the oil retains.
True coconut oil is not exactly an oil, at least not at room temperature or cooler. This oil is a soft solid that is high in fatty acids. The molecular structure of coconut oil allows it do what most oils cannot which is penetrate into the hair follicles and bind itself to the weaker points along the hair strand. This provides temporary strength that will ward off breakage during styling.
Research has shown that coconut oil works best as a pre-shampoo treatment applied to the hair a few hours before shampooing. Some people have noticed that coconut oil is beneficial to use as a heat protectant. It also works well as both a moisturizer and a sealant.
Grapeseed oil is a lightweight, non-greasy oil that is an ideal scalp oil. The oil quickly absorbs into the scalp without leaving a greasy residue behind. It can help treat dandruff as well as help seal in moisture for the hair.
Due to its light consistency and because it is virtually odorless, the oil is an ideal carrier oil for mixing essential oils. Like almond oil, grapeseed oil is also great for mixing with your daily conditioner and hair moisturizer.
Jojoba oil is perhaps the best oil for hair that is already healthy. This oil is very similar to the sebum or natural oil that the scalp produces to moisturize it and the hair. If you have fine hair or hair that gets weighed down very easy, Jojoba oil is best to use. It lightly coats the hair and is non-greasy. This oil is also great for making your own natural hair products with as it blends well with other oils and butters. Many women with Afro-textured hair who have embraced natural hair care use Jojoba oil when making homemade hair conditioners and hair moisturizers.
This is the most widely used oil in hair care. You will find many products on the shelf that claim they have olive oil in it. Olive oil both moisturizes and seals in moisture. It is good to use on dry and wet hair. Your hair type will dictate how best to use olive oil.
If your hair is fine, olive oil is best used as a hot oil treatment, pre-shampoo treatment, or mixed in with your daily conditioner. For thicker hair or course hair, olive oil may be best as a leave-in moisturizer applied to wet hair. It can also be used sparingly on dry hair to add extra softness and shine. It can also be used as a scalp oil. Be sure not to overdo it as olive oil does not absorb as quickly as lighter oils and it will run down your face or neck. For light moisture, apply a dime-sized drop of olive into the palm of your hand, rub your palms together to thin the oil out, and smooth your hands over your hair using your finger to work the oil through it.
These eight natural oils are widely used to maintain healthy hair. Integrate the oils you feel will benefit your hair the most. Remember if you have fine hair you may want to stick to lighter oils like almond, grapeseed, and jojoba. If getting the best of the oil’s natural properties is your top concern, look for oil that indicates it comes from the first press. Terms like extra-virgin and virgin are common indicators of this. Do not be afraid to try oil for your hair. It is the natural way to help maintain hair and scalp health.
This article was written by Tom
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